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Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the most effective methods of birth control. LARCs include the copper Paragard IUD, the hormonal (progesterone) Mirena IUD, and the hormonal contraceptive implant (effective for 10, 5 and 3 years, respectively). These methods of birth control can prevent unwanted pregnancy up to 20 times better than birth control pills, patches and vaginal rings.

Birth control is not one-size-fits-all, but a LARC may be right for you. They are a great option for a woman who may want to become pregnant in the future but also desires long-term, highly effective pregnancy prevention. IUDs and implants are reversible - any time you decide to become pregnant, you can have them removed. These methods need to be removed by a health care provider.

Despite popular misconceptions, IUDs are safe and highly effective for women who have never been pregnant. PPCW staff are trained in IUD insertion, and provide this service on a regular basis to our patients.

Keep in mind that, like many birth control methods, LARCs don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Be sure to use a condom to reduce your risk of infection.